Overgrowth of the fungal organism Candida albicans is responsible for yeast infections in many areas of the body, causing itching, rashes, burning and diarrhoea. Many microorganisms such as bacteria and fungus normally exist in balance on all surfaces of the body, including the skin and digestive tract. Disturbance in the balance by use of antibiotics that kill beneficial bacteria or by other changes in body chemistry may allow an overgrowth of Candida. Although there are antifungal treatments such as creams, sprays and pills, many people find relief using apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar may be taken internally to treat thrush and diarrhoea caused by Candida overgrowth. Apple cider vinegar also may be used externally to treat vaginal and groin yeast infections, foot and nail fungus and other skin conditions caused by Candida. It works in part by restoring the acid balance of the body, which makes growth of Candida difficult.
Apple cider vinegar is high in minerals necessary for cell function such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and copper. It also has significant levels of vitamins C, E, A and several different forms of vitamin B along with beta carotene and bioflavonoids. It is high in antioxidants, which are thought to aid the immune system in fighting infection caused by Candida. When taken internally, it may help regulate water content and reduce excess sodium in the body. It also helps rid the body of the Candida, and the pectin from apples helps the body form a coating to soothe an irritated intestinal tract.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar
When treating Candida with apple cider vinegar, only natural unfiltered vinegar should be purchased. Ordinary apple cider vinegar purchased from a grocery store will be clear--it has been steam pasteurised and filtered, which removes many of the enzymes and natural substances such as pectin and lowers its health benefits. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that has not been pasteurised will be cloudy and should be shaken thoroughly before use. It can be purchased from health food stores and some large grocery stores.
To use apple cider vinegar for the treatment of Candida-related digestive issues, mix 29.6ml in a cup of water or other beverage and drink two or three times daily. Apple cider vinegar also may be used in cooking or in salad dressings for many of the same health benefits.
To use apple cider vinegar to treat Candida skin conditions, it should be diluted 28.4gr (2 tablespoons) in 1 quart clean water. Vaginal yeast infection can be treated with a douche made from the vinegar and water mixture, repeated once daily until symptoms subside. Groin rash, foot fungus and other rash areas may be treated by applying the diluted solution directly or with a clean rag, waiting 10 or 15 minutes and rinsing off. Repeat once or twice daily until symptoms subside.